Happy Birthday to Ruben Sierra

Happy birthday to Major League Baseball outfielder Ruben Sierra, born on October 6, 1965 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.  His life had a rough start; his father was killed in a car accident when Sierra was 4, and his mother worked as a janitor to support her family. He signed with the Texas Rangers when he was 20 years old in 1985. Sierra’s career has had ups and downs, but he bounced back to win American League Comeback Player of the Year in 2001.

Passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

With the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the US Congress placed a limitation on the number of immigrants allowed in from the Western Hemisphere, for the first time in our history.  (For those of us who are geographically challenged, the Western Hemisphere includes certain countries in Europe as well as South and Central America. Yes, yes, I know that they’re South, not West.  I didn’t define this stuff.) This Act abolished the national origins quota system that had ruled US immigration policy since the 1920s, replacing it with a preference system based on immigrants’ skills and family relationships with US citizens or residents.